MILITARY CONNECTIONS WAS STARTED AS WAY TO ENSURE THAT OUR TROOPS HAVE THE SUPPLIES AND SUPPORT THEY NEED WHILE DEPLOYED. EVERY BOX THAT GOES OVER TO THE TROOPS IS APPRECIATED. EVERY PENNY COUNTS.THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
Adopt a Care Package
Military Connections is a non-profit organization that sends care packages to Service Members stationed overseas. Over 2000 troops are on our mailing list and we need your support! You can adopt a package to be sent to one of our men or women for a donation of $10.00. Simply fill out the bottom of the form and return it along with your donation to Military Connections.
Your donation enables our organization to fill a care package with food, snacks, and healthcare supplies. A note will be included in your package to let your Soldier, Marine, Sailor, or Airman know that you adopted their package. Care Packages are a great morale booster for the troops!
Return This Form and Donation to:
312 Auburn Street
PGH, PA 15235 USA
2/4 Marines Iraq 2004
Summer Tissue, Founder Military Connections, started shipping care packages because of her brother and the Marines of the 2/4. While overseas in 2004 they had minimal supplies and reached out to Summer for aid. Below is a video they shared with Military Connections upon their return.
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KDKA NewsRadio 1020AM Names Summer Tissue Hometown Hero
On March 7th, 2013 Summer Tissue received a KDKA NewsRadio 1020 Hometown Heroes Award. Surrounded by a cheering section of family and friends Summer accepted the award and shared her story with the attendees, many of whom were Wounded Warriors. Summer Tissue started Military Connections ten years ago because her brothers€™s unit was stationed in Iraq and was in desperate need of supplies. Military Connections ships about 600 boxes a month to the troops in Afghanistan and surrounding regions. To learn more about Military Connections and how you can support our troops overseas visit www.militaryconnections.org or call 412-496-8941.
Excerpt from Hometown Hero Acceptance Speech:
“Growing up my brother and I would fight and my mom would tell us that we shouldn’t fight because one day we would not be together and should love each other while we have the chance. Of course we would always roll our eyes and shake our heads, but 21 years later I realized what she meant. The first time I drove my brother to the airport I sat and cried in the parking lot for an hour. When you put a loved one a plane headed for Iraq it’s hard to say goodbye. I was not sure how I was going to make it through his first deployment, but lucky for me there wasn’t too much down time before he called with what turned out to be my ten year mission.
I didn’t start shipping care packages because I wanted to run a non-profit, or make a difference, or change the way troops lived, I did what any other sister would do. I tried to make my brother and the Marines of the 2/4 know that there were people back home supporting them. I didn’t want them to go without things such as toilet paper or Tylenol.
It’s been ten years since I shipped my first care package, but I always tell people that once you ship one box, it’s hard not to ship another. I have shipped over 1 million care packages to the troops overseas. My basement is filled with supplies, my truck is never filled with fuel, my door is always blocked with boxes, my phone never stops ringing, but when I receive a letter from one of my soldiers or Marines it reminds why I do this. These are my boys. I have watched them grow, marry, have children, and change the world. If one simple box filled with candy and everyone’s favorite beef jerky can make a difference to them then at the end of the day nothing else matters.” – Summer Tissue
Left Over Holiday Cards
Do you have left over Christmas or seasonal cards?
Donate them to Military Connections and we will ship the cards in the next holiday shipment to send to the troops. We collect all types of seasonal cards for the troops.
Drop cards off at any of these locations:
312 Auburn Street
PGH, PA 15235
Oakmont Chamber of Commerce
504 Allegheny River Blvd
Oakmont, PA 15139
Northwest Savings Bank at the junction of Clifton Road on Route 88
Frequent Flier Miles
Do you have frequent flier miles that you aren’t going to use or are about to expire? Fisher House, which serves our wounded military and their families, needs frequent flier miles. Your donation will help wounded soldiers and marines in Afghanistan to fly home after their treatment or will help their families fly to visit them. If you want to donate go to www.fisherhouse.org and click on “hero miles.”
TROOP THANK YOU NOTES
IN JULY OF 2013 WE CELEBRATED OUR 10TH ANNIVERSARY AS AN ORGANIZATION! I JUST WANT TO THANK EVERYONE THAT HAS MADE THAT POSSIBLE. OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS WE HAVE MAILED OVER 2 MILLION BOXES TO DEPLOYED MEN AND WOMEN AND WE AREN’T CLOSE TO BEING DONE!
THE TROOPS REALLY APPRECIATE EVERYTHING THAT WE DO FOR THEM. I HAVE RECEIVED EMAILS AND THANK YOU NOTES FROM THE TROOPS EXPRESSING HOW MUCH IT MEANS TO THEM TO KNOW THAT WE SUPPORT THEIR EFFORTS.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE NOTES WE RECEIVED:
Thanks so much for the boxes of Girl Scout cookies and other food items! It was much appreciated. I can’t tell you how quickly I was jumped when I was putting the food out for everyone to take their favorites. It was actually quite entertaining. There is a lack of the “finer” foods at this new location and every little bit of home is appreciated.
Thanks again for the food packages. I know everyone here is very appreciative of your support.
I hope all is well with you.
Hi Military Connections!
I got the stockings tonight, and WOW! I couldn’t believe how many were in there, so I passed them out on each of the desks in my section and the next several adjacent sections last night. I did this while they were out, so they’d have a nice surprise waiting for them when they got in this morning. Everyone was shocked and thoroughly enjoyed them. I took one myself, as well, and it’s here in my room with me. Please send my thanks and thanks from everyone here to all the people involved in making and sending them. They were a nice lift to everyone’s spirit here.
Summer, thank you very much for the cute stockings! They were very much appreciated and made us all feel a part of the holiday celebrations that we would usually have at home. The stockings are hanging in our little mud hut rooms! Thank you very much for the support you’ve given all of us while in country. It’s nice to know people haven’t forgotten about us I’m sorry I haven’t been in touch more – I’m in a remote location to say the least and don’t have very good internet access. All you do for us is a treat and we are thankful for your support!
–Maj Amanda C.
We just received your gifts today. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you (Santa), and all your elves, for your tremendous support. The gifts you provided are greatly appreciated. May your holidays be filled with joy, happiness and prosperity through the New Year; and may our Father in Heaven continue guiding your way!
–Lawrence E. DAC
Dear Military Connections
We have received a box with full of candy and snack on 19 March.
As always, our soldiers are very grateful and motivated by your love and support, because this not just a piece of candy or a chocolate.
I can guarantee for that.
Thank you and God Bless the MC troops,
SPC Soe, Pyai
US Army Chaplain Assistant
HHB 1-82 FA
Camp Buehring, Kuwait
Hello Summer and Military Connections!!!
I want to thank you so very much for everything you have sent me through out my deployment, it not only made my day, but also the others that i work with that never got anything. I especially enjoyed all of the easter candy that you sent me. I got to hand a lot of that out to everyone to uplift their spirits would you say. Anything and everything that yo sent me from toothpaste and toothbrushes, to all the soup and candy really helped me and the others. I want to extend my hand and thank you from the bottom of my heart not only from me, but from everyone else i work with. It means a lot when you recieve things from others. It feels good to know that their are others who were thinking about you and what you are doing. Honestly, I could’t thank you enough. So, thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!!!!!
Tony Gyke and the rest of the engineering crew of USS Harpers Ferry LSD 49
As the 1SG for the 703 EOD the support we have received through Military Connections has been invaluable. This is the first deployment for half of my Company and the support and love we have felt has made a lasting impression on all of my Soldiers and has been truly been over whelming. As for many of my NCO who have been with me through other deployments the generosity we have received has set a precedence we have not experienced before. I can not say enough about how much the gifts you have donated mean to those of us downrange.
1SG John Treida
On September 11th volunteers from Military Connections unloaded a huge box truck filled with supplies and care packages from Luzerne County in Pennsylvania. This is a note from one of the soldiers that received a box from the truck.
I’d like to thank all of you for the tremendous amount of support. We have received all the boxes, 14 I believe, and passed them out to the soldiers. They all extend their thanks and wish all a happy holiday season. It’s a great feeling knowing that people back home, even those who we don’t know, care and support us. The soldiers definitely appreciate the time and effort that you all have donated to make our lives a little better. It raises the morale of us all, especially the young soldiers who have never been away from home. We have been working hard here for the past 14 months and are nearing the end of our tour. Since we got here, we have made huge gains in securing the area and rebuilding the local infrastructure. We are down to almost zero attacks and the local population is starting to feel safe outside their homes. They have started to work with us to rid the area of insurgents which has also started to produce more jobs. Well again I’d like to thank everyone for their support and hard work, it definitely makes a difference. -Joe Parsons
TO ALL THAT PACKED THE BOXES
I want to take this moment out of my day and send you this short e-mail and THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart for all that you have sent to the soldiers of my unit. We received all 7 Large boxes this past weekend, and i have been passing out the stockings everyday to my soldiers. It will take about 1 week, since my soldiers work all over this base and work all different shift. I know that it takes a lot of time and money to put theses stockings together, and me and the Company Commander will be sending you a little something to cover that. I am from your area, and have several soldiers in my unit that are from the same area. The unit is from the Wilkes-Barre area, and we will be back in states around July-August time frame. Thank you again for all your support, and me and the rest of the soldiers of the HHC 320th MP BN wish your families a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!-Frank Lewis